Bonhams, the international fine art auctioneers, has been appointed by Corgi to sell its archive of coveted prototype and "number one" vehicles. This unique auction will take place on October 3 at Bonhams' Knowle salerooms in Solihull, West Midlands, U.K.
As toy collectors know, Corgi was one of the first to produce limited-edition toys specifically for collectors. Until now, it has been Corgi's policy to retain the first item off the production line for its archive. Some of these cars will be featured in the Bonhams sale, along with a selection of hand-painted resin samples, mock-ups and other prototypes used in the manufacturing process.
The sale will feature more than 500 lots that encompass such well-loved properties as James Bond, Star Trek, Batman, Beatles, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, the Muppets, Dr. Who, Starsky & Hutch, Knight Rider, Avengers, Noddy and Only Fools & Horses.
A selection of classic car models, buses, coaches will be joined by commercial and transport vehicles. Also look for items from Corgi's Aviation lines, such as Spitfires and The Dam Busters.
One special lot named the Corgi Golden One will guarantee the successful bidder the first model from every Corgi Collector die-cast that will be released in 2008. More than 350 models will be included in the lot, and each will be certified as the first car of each series.
"Corgi has a rich heritage stretching back over 50 years, but this means that our archive has reached pretty sizeable proportions and in order to maintain the archive for the collectors of the future we need to make some room," says Darren Epstein, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at Corgi International. "We felt there was no better way to make space for the next 50 years than to open up the archive and allow everyone a chance to obtain some of the cherished content. Of course, we will be sad to see our 'firstborns' go, but we know that they will be going to excellent homes.
"We are delighted that Bonhams has chosen to recognize the popularity of a contemporary collectible by supporting this auction. Corgi products are very popular with both hardcore and casual collectors of all ages and this auction is an excellent opportunity for anybody to obtain legitimately unique and highly collectable items that have never been made available before," Epstein added.
Catalogs for the sale will be sold by Bonhams for ?15 (approximately $30) each plus postage. To order a copy, please call Bonhams via email at email@example.com.
For more information on the sale, log on to www.bonhams.com/toys.
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